Do courts use out of state criminal records against you?

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Do courts use out of state criminal records against you?

My daughter’s father was recently charged with DWLS and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. They fingerprinted him and pulled up his NCI criminal record which has 10 DWLS and shows that he has been to prison 4 times for possession of cocaine. Will they use that against him?

Asked on April 12, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Depending upon the laws of the state where your daughter's father was charged recently with possession of marijuana where he has prior convictions in an other state for possession of another controlled substance, the state where the charge is currently pending could charge him with prior convictions as well as a form of an enhancement as to additional penalties if convicted for the current marijuana charge. The key is to look at the current criminal complaint against him for any enhancement charges for the prior convictions.

I suggest that he immediately consult with a criminal defense attorney due to the seriousness of the current charge and the prior convictions which might have been felony convictions.


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